Thanksgiving is a day to express gratitude for what we have. In honor of the holiday, here are 10 reasons we should all be grateful for living in Utah Valley:
1. Breathtaking scenery
Utah Valley is set right in the middle of mountains, which makes it easy to take a quick escape into nature. Plus, who needs a skyline when Mount Timpanogos defines the height of Utah Valley.
2. Educational opportunities
In Utah Valley alone, there are two four-year universities. BYU and UVU add to Utah County’s economy and provide an at-home solution to higher education. Plus, there are a variety of trade schools, including beauty and dental hygiene, that provide residents a chance of expanding their education.
3. Low unemployment rate
The United States Department of Labor ranked Utah the sixth state with the lowest unemployment rate. The unemployment rate in Utah is 4.6 percent.
4. Newly reconstructed I-15
The Utah County I-15 Corridor Expansion took 35 months to complete the construction project that widened the freeway by two lanes between Lehi and Spanish Fork.
5. Ski Resorts
Winter entertainment is easy to come by for this upcoming season. With Sundance Resort not far up the Provo Canyon, a skiing trip is not hard to plan for.
6. Dropping gas prices
Gas prices have been dropping over the past month. Many stations in Utah County have now dropped below $3 per gallon.
7. Sports teams
Not only does Utah Valley enjoy sports teams from BYU and UVU, but there are many talented high school teams to keep track of. Timpview’s football team won the 4A State Championship game last week.
8. Quality transportation
In December 2012, the UTA opened the frontrunner after years of planning and constructing. The 16 station track now serves residents throughout Utah. Plus, cities are constantly looking for ways to improve transportation with future improvement plans including express buses.
9. Family-friendly community
There are frequent family-friendly events in the community. Just last weekend, the UCCU Family Festival taught kids how to handle their money in a fun way. This is just one example of the almost weekly events that all members of the family can enjoy.
If we are going to be completely honest, all of the people who make up Utah Valley are incredible, so thank you.